The regular meeting of the Pooler City Council was held on June 20, 2011. Mayor Mike Lamb called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m. Present were Councilman Bruce Allen, Councilwoman Rebecca Benton, Councilwoman Shannon Black, Councilman David Burke, Councilman Mike Royal and Councilman Stevie Wall. City Manager Robbie Byrd and City Attorney Steve Scheer were also present.
The invocation was given by Councilman Allen and the Pledge of Allegiance was led by Councilman Burke.
The minutes of the previous meeting were approved as printed upon a motion by Councilman Allen, seconded by Councilwoman Benton, with no opposition.
Report from the Standing Committees:
Councilman Burke presented bills for payment for the month in excess of $1500.00, and made a motion to pay these bills, subject to funds. Motion was seconded by Councilman Wall and passed without opposition.
Councilman Royal reported that the fire department responded to 135 calls this month, totaling 1140 calls for the year. Further, that the police department responded to 752 calls during the period of June 3rdthrough the 16th, totaling 12,747 calls for the year.
Councilwoman Benton reported that the street and drainage departments performed routine maintenance.
Councilman Wall reported that the water and sewer departments have performed routine maintenance and that all parameters are being met at the wastewater treatment plant.
Councilwoman Black reported that GRPA baseball tournaments begin this week, with the recreation department hosting the 10 & under boys’ tournament. Further, that dance class registration is ongoing as well as summer basketball games. Councilwoman Black stated that the senior citizens would like to extend their thanks to Ike LaRoche for preparing a fish fry in celebration of the month’s birthdays.
Councilman Allen reported that 15 new single family residential permits were issued since the last meeting, totaling 63 for the year, with 997 inspections performed.
Further, that a PUD Review Board meeting is scheduled for June 27that 5:30 p.m.
There was no OLD BUSINESS to discuss.
Under NEW BUSINESS the following was discussed:
1. Approval of Amended Utility Easement with 929 Properties, LLC for a permanent utility easement and temporary construction easement on Pooler Parkway
Mr. Byrd presented an amended utility easement required for the “loop” of the water line south of Memorial Boulevard, extending under I-16. Councilman Wall made a motion, seconded by Councilman Royal, to approve the amended utility easement. Motion passed without opposition.
2. Attorney Harold Yellin in regards to 50' buffer between commercial property (movie theater) on Pooler Parkway and The Preserve Apartments
Attorney Harold Yellin addressed Council in regards to the commercial development adjacent to The Preserve Apartments, which were developed by his client, Kumar Viswanathan, stating that the master plan for the apartment complex was approved in October of 1997, with the apartments being built pursuant to the plan. Further, that in 2000 the adjacent property owner petitioned the City to re-zone approximately 257 acres from R-1A (single family residential) to C-2 (heavy commercial) and during the public hearing, Mr. Viswanathan requested a 50' buffer between the proposed commercial development and the apartment complex, which was verbally agreed upon by the petitioner, but not recorded in the minutes of the meeting. Mr. Yellin stated that his client is concerned about future development (north of the movie theater) and the fact that the land has been “clear cut”, leaving no buffer, noting that the plan provides for a 20' buffer. Further, that notification should be given to the adjacent property owners as to when the site plan is submitted for approval. Mr. Scheer stated that neither he nor the Council could advise him on this matter, noting that the details were not attended to in 2000 when the re-zoning was approved. Further, that conditional zoning was not allowed (by ordinance) until July of 2003 and that their concerns need to be brought forth at the time a site plan is submitted for the undeveloped property. Mr. Viswanathan thanked staff for their assistance with this matter and stated that his development was done by the book, asking that other developers be held to the same standards.
Lee Grider, former President of the Godley Station Homeowners Association, presented his concern about the previous item, noting that a similar circumstance with an apartment complex in Godley Station built adjacent to single family homes occurred where the homeowners association had to work with the developer to see that a berm was placed between the complex and the homes.
There being no further business to discuss, Councilman Allen made a motion to adjourn at approximately 6:29 p.m. Motion was seconded by Councilman Wall and passed without opposition.